The Carpetbagger beats the drum of Les Miserables and Affleck, with some Sundance thrown in — can you hear the people sing?
Jeff Wells has a beautiful photo of Marilyn when she attended the Oscars for All About Eve.
What you will not see in Zero Dark Thirty – HuffPo’s Jan Lisa Hunter goes to bat for Bigelow.
The NY Times’ Manohla Dargis and AO Scott talk up the influence Obama has had on films lately, — his second term is having a hell of an impact on this year’s Oscar race too:
The Lincoln in Mr. Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s film represents the triumph of the moral good, achieved through rational discourse, the law and backroom wrangling. In Quentin Tarantino’s “Django,” by contrast, the salt-and-pepper team played by Christoph Waltz and Mr. Foxx embodies a blood-drenched fantasy of justice achieved through the rule of the gun. It’s a fantasy that has deep roots in American history, on screen and off. What these period pictures have in common is a sense that righting our wrongs is a shared burden. Or, as Nick Fury, in describing another battle between good and evil, puts it: “There came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat.”